Author: Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D

DO YOU HAVE A “QUALITY” ABA SERVICE PROVIDER?

From Behavioral Science in the 21st Century During a recent webinar, Rethink Behavioral Health and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence asked the question: “What does ‘quality’ really mean?” in regards to an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) service provider. As you know, ABA providers come in many different forms.  But, regardless of the type, each provider presents challenges at both the individual and organizational (i.e. systems) levels. Let’s look at three types: In-home providers bring Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and behavioral technicians to the client’s home to deliver services.  Factors such as drive time for employees, and the...

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When “Digital Natives” Take Over Behavior Analysis

From Behavioral Science in the 21st Century In the pre social-media age, much of the data related to one’s beliefs, opinions, and lifestyle was confined to self-report measures such as surveys or interviews that required participants to reflect on their beliefs or recall past events. Those days are gone. A new study published in PLOSone found that the rich source of language data present in one’s Twitter behavior can accurately predict users’ level of income. The international research team, headed by Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro of the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, linked the jobs of 5,191 Twitter users to...

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